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04-24-2012

Clarkson University Construction Engineering & Management Team Competes

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/cem-2011-12.jpg .]

Late last semester, eleven Clarkson University students on the Construction Engineering & Management SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) team competed in the 22nd annual Student Competition for the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 in Morristown, N.J.

Eleven Clarkson University students on the Construction Engineering & Management SPEED team competed in the 22nd annual Student Competition for the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1. Left to right: Jessica Andrychuk, Lucas Short, Lee Cadby, Adam Powers, Cameron Sitarek, Tim Mills, Monique Choiniere, Kaitlyn Murray, Chelsea Eames, Dan Olivieri, and Kevin Brostek.Two teams traveled to the competition -- one to compete in the Commercial Building competition, and the other to compete in the Heavy Civil competition.

The two-day competition involved planning, estimating, and presenting on a complex construction project.

The Commercial Building Team worked on the development of a multi-story adult nursing facility.

The Heavy Civil Team completed a project involving environmental improvements to a shipping lane canal in the Louisiana Bayou.

The Commercial Building Team, was comprised of senior civil engineering majors Adam Powers (captain) of Clayton, N.Y.; Chelsea Eames of Canandaigua, N.Y; Cameron Sitarek of Darien Center, N.Y.; Jessica Andrychuk of Hilton N.Y.; and Kaitlyn Murray; and junior civil engineering major Lucas Short of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

The Heavy Civil Team was comprised of senior civil engineering majors Dan Olivieri (CEM Team Captain) of Maryland, N.Y.; Tim Mills (captain) of Mannsville, N.Y.; Monique Choiniere of North Bangor, N.Y.; and Kevin Brostek of Mineola, N.Y.; and junior civil engineering major Lee Cadby of Lancaster, N.Y.

The Construction Engineering & Management Team, advised by Professor Spencer Thew, director of the Construction Engineering Management Program, and Kenneth Meding, adjunct instructor in the program, is part of the SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) program, one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives, exemplifying Clarkson's “defy convention” approach to education.

SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 350 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design, analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills, such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Eleven Clarkson University students on the Construction Engineering & Management SPEED team competed in the 22nd annual Student Competition for the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1. Left to right: Jessica Andrychuk, Lucas Short, Lee Cadby, Adam Powers, Cameron Sitarek, Tim Mills, Monique Choiniere, Kaitlyn Murray, Chelsea Eames, Dan Olivieri, and Kevin Brostek.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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